Scaling Back on Straws

500 million straws are used in the U.S. every day, over 182 billion each year, and a majority of those are from restaurants. Restaurant consumers have created a “No Straws” movement in order to keep these items out of our waterways. This pressure has persuaded cities such as Seattle to ban straws, with New York looking to follow suit. Large restaurant chains, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s, are promising to get rid of plastic straws altogether. With the sudden rise of consumer awareness, many restaurants are probably wondering how they can make the transition away from plastic straws, too. Here are four recommendations for reducing or ending plastic straw use at your restaurant. Straws Up

Green Your Restaurant's Restrooms

Current green restaurant trends show a focus on local food, ditching plastic, and reducing food waste. While these are great avenues on which to concentrate, there are so many other ways that restaurants can become more environmentally sustainable. Did you know your bathroom could be wasting water and energy while generating unnecessary waste? Here are a few ways you can make your restrooms more sustainable. High Efficiency Hand Dryers 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used each year in the United States. By investing in high efficiency hand dryers, you not only cut down on your trash waste but also on your energy use as well. High efficiency hand dryers can reduce your energy consumptio

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